The Last Dance got us wondering: which players on the Sacramento Kings’ roster would be the best candidates to be a dual-sport star?
In today’s sporting landscape, is seems nearly impossible for an athlete to manage playing two professional sports. But as The Last Dance documentary winds down, we are enthralled with the idea of a dual-sport star, and it got us over at A Royal Pain thinking: which Sacramento Kings player would excel in a different athletic setting?
It has been a long time since we’ve seen an athlete cross over the line in to another sport, but there are plenty of examples of how it can be done.
In most cases, the “other” sport is baseball. Aside from pitchers and their elbows and shoulders, baseball puts the least strain on your body of any of the major American sports, making it the go-to alternative. The most famous dual-sport players all had baseball as their second option.
There was Bo Jackson, who pioneered the idea when he split time between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Raiders. Stories of Jackson’s athleticism and freak-of-nature capabilities are still folklore subjects in the athletic community. The man once took three steps up the center field wall after tracking down a fly ball.
There was Deion Sanders, who also played football and baseball, who is the subject of a 30 for 30 production about his splitting time.
And of course, Michael Jordan himself. It has been said over the last couple of weeks that Jordan would have eventually made it to the major leagues had he not made a return to basketball, but the narrative will continue to say the opposite. This is of course the most popular case of a two-sport athlete, given Jordan’s immense popularity at the time and the story lines that have surrounded the situation.
So what players on the Sacramento Kings roster would perform the best in another sport? Here are our three.